Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by David, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. David

    David Guest

    I have inadvertantly activated the administrator password, which I do not
    remember, in Vista home premium and now I can't access my computer at all. I
    do not have a password reset disk that the PC is asking me for. Is there a
    way that I can deactivate the passsword funtion? My email is
    David, Jun 28, 2008
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  2. David

    Malke Guest

    Burn the precompiled CD .iso (as an image, not as data), boot with the media
    you create, change the Administrator's password to a blank. Log into
    Windows and make your desired changes. Write passwords down.

    Malke, Jun 28, 2008
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  3. Actually I wouldn't advocate writing the passwords down - I'd advocate
    using passwords (or better, passphrases) that you can remember. If you
    need to write something down write yourself a reminder of what the
    passphrase is.

    For example if your pass phrase is "Chargers are #1!" a good reminder
    might be "How 'bout them Bolts?!" Nobody who comes across a post-it or
    slip of paper that says that is going to easily guess what your pass
    phrase is from that, but it should be enough to remind you of what it

    Best wishes and aloha,

    Ben M. Schorr, MVP
    Roland Schorr & Tower
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    Ben M. Schorr - MVP (OneNote), Jun 28, 2008
  4. David

    Malke Guest

    In a corporate environment, I would agree. In a home environment, better to
    write down the password and put it in a safe place.

    See a very interesting discussion of security in last month's TechNet
    magazine. Also Bruce Schneier has some very enlightening ideas about

    Malke, Jun 28, 2008
  5. Actually, in a corporate environment, it's vital to have one
    administrator userid & password written down and locked up somewhere.
    Picture this: you forget the admin password or your admin quits and
    doesn't tell you the password... :-(


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Jun 29, 2008
  6. David

    Malke Guest

    Oh yes, I completely agree. I was thinking more about the end users but you
    are 100% right. After all, how many times have I gone into a new client's
    office just to find out that they've got zero information about how to get
    into their server? Answer: many, many times. ;-)

    Malke, Jun 29, 2008
  7. David

    Charlie Tame Guest

    But does it really matter if someone has physical access and that CD?
    Charlie Tame, Jun 29, 2008
  8. Ben M. Schorr - MVP (OneNote), Jun 29, 2008
  9. David

    Charlie Tame Guest

    Well there is no utility I know of that can simply unlock a safe, or
    change the compination without showing signs of tampering, however a
    disgruntled employee could change all the passwords on a PC with that
    utility and then walk away. Obviously "Someone" needs a copy of that
    utility somewhere in the office since no matter how good the safe it is
    no use locking away the wrong password.

    I don't know if BIOS passwords are better, can they be reset by the
    jumper on the board?
    Charlie Tame, Jun 29, 2008
  10. Happens all the time, but it's not necessarily that big of a deal. Any
    competent replacement administrator, along with most of any competent IT
    staff, will know how to obtain one of the many Linux-based password
    cracking utilities that abound on the Internet.


    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell

    The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
    Bruce Chambers, Jun 29, 2008
  11. David

    Charlie Tame Guest

    I just resurrected 3 older XP machines with no trouble, takes about 10
    minutes. They were useless otherwise. The set user was not able to do
    what was needed and the Admin had gone away... :)
    Charlie Tame, Jun 29, 2008
  12. Sure. We don't manage users' passwords. If they forget it, we reset it
    and they have to choose a new one.

    Simple solution. Write the combination to the safe on a piece of paper
    and lock it in another safe.... ;-)


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Jun 30, 2008
  13. David

    THOMAS Guest

    BLOG YOU TOLD A PERSON TO Burn the precompiled CD .iso (as an image, not as
    data), boot with the media
    THOMAS, Aug 9, 2008
  14. I think you will find Malke was referring to this software when she mentioned about 'burn the
    precompiled CD .iso (as an image not as data).

    Have you forgotten your password and am unable to access Vista? If not, and
    you can access Vista, and this is a general enquiry because you are worried
    that you haven't backed up your password, you can always make a password
    reset disk in case of problems. Juts go to Control Panel, Click the User
    Accounts Icon and when the user accounts window opens, look in the 'tasks'
    column on the left of the window and click on 'create a password reset disk'
    and follow the instructions.

    If, on the other hand, you are trying to use the software recommended by
    Malke then open your CD burning software, select the 'burn as image' option
    (obviously this will depend upon your burning software Roxio, Nero etc.
    Locate the file you downloaded from the above link and then burn it to a CD.


    John Barnett MVP
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    Windows Desktop Experience


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    John Barnett MVP, Aug 9, 2008
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